NFL to hold supplemental draft; Purdue WR declared eligible

The Cowboys- along with the other 31 teams in the league will get one more crack at adding collegiate talent next month.

The NFL has reportedly announced that the 2023 supplemental draft will take place virtually on July 11, as per Dane Brugler of The Athletic. The league’s last supplemental draft took place in 2019.

The supplemental draft was designed to accommodate players in unique situations, like being declared ineligible for the upcoming college football season after the regular draft has already taken place. Rather than staying in limbo for a year, a player in those circumstances could formally petition the league to be included in the supplemental draft.

That’s what happened to Purdue wide receiver Milton Wright. He recorded 57 receptions for 732 yards and seven touchdowns in 2021 and would have been the Boilermakers’ top returning receiver in 2022, but he was declared academically ineligible last May and subsequently left the school’s program.

Over three seasons in West Lafayette, he caught 99 balls for 1,325 yards and 10 total touchdowns over 27 games.

A native of Louisville, Wright stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 195 pounds. He’s listed as having a a 4.5 40 time and was thought to perhaps eventually be a Day Two pick had he remained eligible.

As of Friday afternoon, Wright is the only player to have been approved by the league for the supplemental draft, but there could be others before July 11.

For the draft itself, the league’s teams are divided into three groups based on how they finished in the previous season: non-playoff teams with six or fewer wins, non-playoff teams with more than six wins, and playoff teams. Within each group, a draft order is decided by a weighted lottery that gives teams with fewer wins a higher pick.

Teams then blindly submit bids for eligible players, stating the round that team would assign the given player. The team highest in the order who submits the earliest-round bid gets him, and the club then forfeits their pick in…


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